Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I recently watched "Winter's Bone," starring Jennifer Lawrence, in what the New Yorker's David Denby called a '"country-noir" thriller' and 'one of the great feminist works in film,' in his glowing review.
This is a must-see, which is why I won't carry on with all of my thoughts. I hope anyone who sees the film goes in knowing as little as I knew. It may have flown by you in the theaters, but it's now available to rent and I highly recommend you do so. To sum it up in a few words, it's the tale of a 17-year-old young woman's desperate attempt to support her family and save their land, against the harsh and silent landscape of the Missouri Ozarks.
I've heard of a film described in terms of a poem, and I would give that compliment to "Winter's Bone." Line by line, there is a silence that bookends each chilling beat and a voice hollering from below an icy surface. It never gets warm enough to melt, but somewhere underneath a woman breaks through.
***all photo stills from the film***